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Perth, Australia, 2011/07/20 - Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (Fortescue), one of the world’s largest producers and sea-borne traders of iron ore, has chosen GE’s (NYSE: GE) ecomagination-approved, dual-fuel, LM6000-PF aeroderivative gas turbine technology for its Solomon 1 plant - GE.com. NYSE: GE
• First GE LM6000-PF Aeroderivative Units Installed in Australia Provide Large Output, Energy Efficiency, Fuel Flexibility, Low Environmental Impact and Low Operational and Maintenance Costs;
• The Solomon Hub is Part of Fortescue Metal Group’s US$8.4 Billion, Three-Year Expansion in the Pilbara Region of North West, Western Australia Announced Last November;
• Fast-Track Project Scheduled for Commercial Operation in Third Quarter 2012.
This fast-track project is part of Fortescue’s US$8.4 billion, three-year expansion in Western Australia’s iron-rich Pilbara region announced last year. It also marks the first installation of the PF variant of the LM6000 in Australia.
“In order to rapidly develop our Solomon Hub and enable secure, low-cost production of iron ore for years to come, we require a highly reliable, highly efficient power plant,” Fortescue Director of Development Peter Meurs said. “Backed by its proven technology, expertise and customer focus, the GE team was very responsive in developing a fast-track solution which meets the demanding requirements of our Solomon Hub.”
GE will supply two LM6000-PF dual fuel gas turbine packages, associated balance of plant and services for Fortescue’s new 120-megawatt (MW) power plant. The LM6000-PF technology is the next generation of GE’s dry low emissions technology and will deliver more than 40 MW at more than 40 percent efficiency at 25°C (and up to 50°C with chilling) while maintaining 25 ppm nitrous oxide (NOx) levels.
GE’s LM6000-PF is approved under ecomagination, GE’s commitment to invest in a future that creates innovative solutions to global environmental challenges. The LM6000-PF has the highest reliability (more than 99 percent) and availability (more than 97 percent) in its range and is able to achieve full generating capacity within 10 minutes. It has high fuel efficiency, versatile operational flexibility and proven dry low emissions technology that can guarantee NOx emissions as low as 15 ppm. The higher efficiency enables lower fuel consumption per unit of power output than competitive technologies, yielding fuel cost savings and NOx and carbon dioxide reductions for turbine operators.
“This fast-track project with Fortescue is another example of how GE works with its customers to develop solutions that meet their needs,” said Tim Rourke, CEO of GE Energy, Australia and New Zealand. “Our LM6000-PF aeroderivative technology is the best choice for mining applications such as Fortescue’s, where high reliability, operational flexibility and the ability to respond to large load swings of the mine, while still maintaining grid stability, are essential to the success of the plant operations.”
The aeroderivative gas turbine packages will be shipped from Houston, Texas, in December 2011 and installed in March 2012. The plant is scheduled to enter commercial operation in the third quarter of 2012. The units will run on diesel fuel initially and then switch to gas when the gas pipeline is available.
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